The 2017 Brazilian Grand Prix was the primary time within the historical past of System 1 when two four-time World Champions lined up on the beginning grid — Sebastian Vettel and the newly topped 2017 System 1 World Champion, Lewis Hamilton. For Hamilton, his first qualifying session as a four-time World Champion was a little bit of an anti-climax as he ended up within the obstacles in Q1 itself. Well, Mercedes selected to start out Hamilton from the pit lane; permitting them to alter every part they wished on his automotive and most crucially, avoiding any and benefiting from first corner-opening lap drama that Brazil is often well-known for.
Valtteri Bottas, the person that Mika Hakkinen brazenly got here out in assist of throughout an interplay within the Firstpost Pole Place present, clinched a shock pole place forward of the sooner Ferraris. Bottas’ qualifying efficiency impressed the Mercedes bosses, however on Race Day, a sooner beginning Vettel (from P2) took the lead of the race from the primary nook itself. After that, for Bottas and Mercedes, it was a race of chasing down Vettel-Ferrari and so they virtually beat them after a powerful technique for the primary spherical of pit stops.
Vettel clinched his 47th System 1 profession win, surprisingly solely his first win within the second-half of the season — his final win of this season was in Hungary. If solely the Hamilton vs Vettel battle promise nonetheless performed on, the title battle might’ve taken an fascinating flip after Hamilton’s ninth in Mexico and cost from the again to 4th in Brazil. Nonetheless, with the titles now safe with Hamilton-Mercedes, we didn’t thoughts the World Champion beginning on the again and entertaining us with some overtaking strikes!
Kimi Raikkonen’s third place end was the Iceman’s third consecutive podium end — a feat that final occurred in 2013. Raikkonen drove a very good race to complete forward of Hamilton, who on a late stopping technique and the Esteban Ocon-Romain Grosjean induced Security Automotive interval, was attempting to race his strategy to the rostrum. On most days, a Raikkonen vs Hamilton battle could be a simple outcome. However in Brazil, Raikkonen did properly to carry off Hamilton’s cost and hold the final step of the rostrum.
Hamilton’s cost from the again to the rostrum was a attainable one, particularly in Brazil the place the observe naturally aids overtaking. Regardless of ranging from the pit lane, Hamilton’s late-stopping technique noticed him lead the race for a couple of laps! As Hamilton closed in on Max Verstappen for 4th place, a battle royale was anticipated between the 2 impossible-to-overtake drivers. However because of the DRS and the tempo differential between the 2 automobiles, Verstappen had restricted success in holding again Hamilton.
Daniel Ricciardo, who had grid penalties, bore the brunt of the Senna S’ after a Purple Bull Racing-Mclaren-Haas sandwich noticed him being tagged right into a spin with a puncture. Nonetheless, the Australian, whose 2019 profession transfer is below a lot dialogue, drove properly to recuperate and end simply behind Verstappen. In the previous few races, Verstappen’s momentum and finishes does appear to make him seem because the sooner of the 2.
Within the pre-race press convention, Raikkonen joked if Felipe Massa would retire and nonetheless make a comeback subsequent 12 months. Massa, who drove his final race at his dwelling circuit for the second time in two years, noticed himself end because the ‘better of the remaining’ after a racy weekend all alongside that noticed him battle for honour with former Ferrari team-mate, Fernando Alonso.
The organisers and Liberty Media, who’ve performed properly so as to add the human contact to System 1 races, performed out Massa’s thanks message (Obrigado Felipe!) on the circuit PA programs. In case you would say that they did the identical in Mexico with Sergio Perez, they really went a step additional for Massa in Brazil. Submit-race, that they had Felipinho (Massa’s son) relay a ‘thanks and I’m happy with you, Dad’ message to Massa earlier than the father-son duo stood on the rostrum to thank their followers. The human contact is making System 1 appear extra accessible and there’s little doubt that the followers love such delicate modifications already.
Pressure India, who’ve already sealed 4th place within the Constructors’ Championship, had a bitter-sweet weekend with Esteban Ocon registering a DNF (because of Grosjean!) and Sergio Perez ending ninth, behind Alonso (eighth) and Massa (seventh). Whereas Ocon’s constant file of race finishes now damaged, the workforce wouldn’t thoughts really scoring lesser factors within the final two races. The FIA guidelines mandate that the groups pay an entry price foundation the factors scored within the earlier season. In Pressure India’s case, further factors would really be a burden for the workforce as it will make their entry into the 2018 System 1 Season costlier. Unusual are the methods of the FIA!
Within the construct as much as the race, Renault-Toro Rosso bought right into a public spat with Renault after the engines that the French producer provide to Purple Bull’s B Crew have been blowing up as a rule in the previous few races. Renault and Toro Rosso, who’re locked in an intense battle for sixth place within the Constructors’ Championship, have been accused of purposely supplying unreliable engines to assist their problem. Renault refuted Toro Rosso’s claims, in fact. Let’s do not forget that there are a couple of tens of thousands and thousands of at stake for the workforce that finishes larger within the championship.
Whereas Renault and Toro Rosso will divorce by the tip of the season, such attainable unfair competitors was one of many key the reason why Mclaren’s Ron Dennis was eager to pursue Honda over Mercedes. Nonetheless, with Renault’s suspicious methods with Toro Rosso over the previous few rounds in 2017, might a Purple Bull Racing or Mclaren face related destiny in 2018?
Lastly, will System 1 re-think its engagement with the Brazilian Grand Prix organisers and followers? Hamilton’s crew was held at gunpoint and whereas nobody was injured, this incident reminded everybody of an analogous incident with the Buttons a couple of years in the past. If System 1 is unable to ensure the safety of its personnel, might we see groups boycotting the race subsequent 12 months if a everlasting answer isn’t discovered? It will be a disgrace to see Interlagos and System 1 half methods due to safety points. This could be an irreplaceable loss on the calendar.